Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that former president Pervez Musharraf should be allowed to spend his final days at home ‘with dignity’, saying that he should be permitted to return to the country without any ‘obstacles’.
Khawaja Asif in a tweet said, “In view of General Musharraf’s ill health, there should be no obstacle for him to return home,” adding that past events should not be allowed to interfere in this regard.
He prayed for Musharraf’s health and for his ability to enjoy the last days of his life with dignity.
جنرل مشرف کی خراب صحت کے پیش نظر انکو وطن واپس آنے میں کوئی رکاوٹ نہیں ھونا چاہیے. ماضی کے واقعات کواس سلسلے میں مانع نہیں ھونے دینا چاہیے .اللہ انکو صحت دے اور وہ عمر کے اس حصہ میں وقار کیساتھ اپنا وقت گزار سکیں..
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) June 11, 2022
On Friday the family of former president Pervez Musharraf clarified that he is not on a ventilator, but added that he had been hospitalised for the past three weeks and ‘recovery is not possible’, stating that his organs had started malfunctioning.
Message from Family:
He is not on the ventilator. Has been hospitalized for the last 3 weeks due to a complication of his ailment (Amyloidosis). Going through a difficult stage where recovery is not possible and organs are malfunctioning. Pray for ease in his daily living. pic.twitter.com/xuFIdhFOnc
— Pervez Musharraf (@P_Musharraf) June 10, 2022
The statement came after reports began circulating claiming that the former president had been put on the ventilator after his health had severely deteriorated. People on social media went a step further and started tweeting about his demise.
Musharraf’s family first broke news of his illness in 2018, when they announced that he was suffering from a rare disease called amyloidosis.
The party’s Overseas President Afzaal Siddiqui had said that Musharraf’s condition had “weakened his nervous system”. At the time he was being treated in London.
In 1999 the former military dictator had overthrown Nawaz Sharif’s government and assumed control of the country. The Sharif brothers were taken into his custody.
Musharraf was indicted in 2014 for subverting the Constitution in 2007, and subsequently in 2016, he left the country to seek medical treatment, and hasn’t returned since.
A special court handed him a death sentence in 2019 over the charges of high treason.